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GNOME Input Integration


The goal is to unify GNOME's handling of Xkb and Input Methods to provide an integrated keyboard input experience to users of Fedora's default desktop. This work may be extended in the future to other desktop environments.


Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 16
  • Last updated: 2011-08-10
  • Percentage of completion: 85%

Detailed Description

For a long time input on the Unix/Linux desktop has been split by a choice between xkb and input-methods (IM) which often do not work well together. The feature covers work to improve this situation for GNOME 3 bringing xkb and IM configuration and use together into an unified UI, like popular commercial OS's provide today.

Current implementations and plans:

Benefit to Fedora

This will make the Fedora desktop easier to use. Users won't have to worry about or know whether they are using xkb or ibus to input, but be able to switch transparency between them.


  • Provide a unified input indicator for gnome-shell that integrates xkb keyboard layout and ibus input-method switching.
  • Add a mechanism to activate on-screen keyboard through ibus.
  • Plan to have a TestDay to get sufficient testing and feedback.

How To Test

  • Configuration/activation of input-method usage
  • Switching between xkb and ibus input method engines directly
  • Configuring input-method or adding keyboard layouts turns on input indicator.
  • With both input-method and more than one keyboard layout only one panel indicator.
  • Selecting keyboard layout in ibus changes desktop keyboard layout.
  • Adding/removing keyboard layouts in control-center changes layouts listed in ibus, and vice-versa
  • Turning off ibus from im-chooser hides input selector if only and only if one keyboard layout configured.

See also:

User Experience

Unified input indicator will be available for the GNOME Desktop replacing the keyboard layout indicator and ibus applet dichotomy. Users will be able to switch seamlessly between keyboard layouts and input-methods like on other modern OS's.


A lot of this work can be done on the ibus side but some changes will need to be integrated and accepted upstream in GNOME.

Contingency Plan

Keep F15 status quo: separate keyboard and ibus indicators.


Release Notes

  • IBus is now able to support switching of keyboard layouts in GNOME when using input-methods, avoiding the need for the keyboard indicator when using ibus.

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